Consultant, CDS Consulting Co-op
Jamila Medley is a passionate advocate and educator for the advancement and growth of the cooperative economy. She is executive director of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA), a nonprofit and co-op of co-ops that exists to improve the lives of people in the Philadelphia region by supporting democratically organized businesses, promoting the principles of the international cooperative movement, and growing the cooperative economy. Jamila also works as a consultant with CDS Consulting Co-op.
In her work with existing and start-up co-ops, she provides support for leadership development, cooperative economics education, navigating group dynamics, and creating adaptive systems to support group process and learning. Jamila also works closely with cooperatives in areas of democratic governance, participatory management as well as outreach and education. She’s spent over twenty years serving mission-based organizations in the nonprofit and cooperative sectors.
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Jamila currently lives in Philadelphia, PA and is a creative homemaker who finds solace and joy in making her home a sanctuary for herself, partner, daughters, and grandchildren. Jamila holds a M.S. degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her B.A. degree in Urban Studies at Connecticut College.